The Best Mini-Vacations

Sometimes you just need to get away. You must turn off the work noise, the home noise and the everyday-life noise. A two- to four-day vacation can rejuvenate your spirit, allowing you to return to your daily life with a new outlook. Whether your soul feels called to the beach, mountains or city, there are plenty of mini-vacations to choose from.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Try this island for "really" getting away from things. You'll need to fly or boat into this barrier island, located on the outer banks of North Carolina. Roam the 16 miles of natural beaches, breathing in the fresh salt air. There are plenty of lodging choices and places to eat, including takeout, restaurants and coffee houses. Stop by the Ocracoke Preservation Museum or take a show in at the Deep Water Theater. If you've always wanted to try your hand at deep-sea fishing, take a charter boat out for a half or whole day.

San Francisco Jazz Festival, California

If it's spring fever you are experiencing, perhaps losing yourself in some of the best jazz music the country has to offer will bring up your spirits. It's 26 years famous. Experience the well-known names as well as the newer artists to come on the scene. Complete your mini-vacation with some city sightseeing and shopping. Don't forget to take a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Wind Works, Tennessee

Take a hot-air balloon ride from the base of the Smoky Mountains. Your flight will begin in Sevierville, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Float over rolling farmland with a 360-degree view. Turn around and enjoy the mountain scenery. A mini-vacation with the surprise of a balloon ride for a birthday, anniversary or location of a marriage proposal will not be forgotten. For something really special, ask about a ride on the special Little Pirate Balloon. There are great accommodations in Sevierville, from luxury hotels to campgrounds

The Tree House Cabin, Missouri

Remember the treehouse you played in as a kid? Some of the best times you ever had was roughing it for the night with a few of your best friends. Those childhood days are over, but you can bring back the same experience with a bit more comfort at the Tree House Cabin. If seclusion is what you need, spend the weekend fly fishing or hiking. Then come back to your accommodations, sit on your private deck and look at North Fork. The treehouse comes complete with an equipped kitchen, microwave and air conditioning. This mini-vacation in the Ozark Mountains will have you dreaming of a trip back to the treehouse for months to come.

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Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.